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11 Top Fairy Tales For Kids

Welcome to the world of fairy tales. These magical tales of fairies, princes and princesses, mermaids, and talking animals have been with us for as far as we remember. While fairy tales entertain us, they are so much more than just children stories; they teach us about endurance, love, hope, hard work, courage, justice and kindness.

One of the joys of fairy tales is their diversity. Some are slow-paced and thoughtful, and some have a romantic angle, while others are more action-oriented. Every culture has its own flavour in its fairy tales, so reading fairy tales from around the world is a learning in itself.

Here you'll find the most popular fairy tales throughout the ages that will enchant young minds with positivity and hope.

1. Cinderella

Cinderella is an all-time classic and will remain so for a really long time. Cinderella's story is so popular that it has been adapted in many variations over history.

Cinderella is a young woman who lives with her cruel stepmother and stepsisters. When the king announces a ball to help find the prince, his bride, Cinderella's stepmother, and stepsisters go to the ball, leaving her alone at home. With the help of her fairy godmother, Cinderella manages to arrive at the ball, and thanks to her glass slippers, she finds her prince charming and lives happily ever after.

Value to Learn: Never stop dreaming despite all the difficulties you face in life.

2. Hansel and Gretel

This fairy tale for kids is about two siblings – Hansel and Gretel. Abandoned by their stepmother in the forest, both children get hungry and eat a real gingerbread cottage. The witch who lives in that cottage catches them and feeds them well so that she can feast on them once they become fat. In the end, both children throw the witch in the same oven, which was meant to roast them.

Value to Learn: Be grateful for what we have in life.

3. Little Red Riding Hood

A rebellious girl wears a red cloak and sets off alone to meet her grandmother. Her mother gives her instructions and tells her not to stray from the forest path. On her way through the forest, she attracts the attention of a bad wolf. What happens next in the story depends on which version you are reading. In the Charles Perrault version, the girl is eaten up by the wolf. According to the European, North American, and many other versions, the girl is saved by a huntsman who was passing by the house.

Value to Learn: Follow instructions and express courage in a time of need.

4. Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast is one of the popular fairy tales for kids. It is assumed that this story is a real-life inspiration of a couple who lived in France in the 1500s. The man suffered from a condition called hypertrichosis which caused abnormal body hair growth. He was considered a wild man and was kept in a cage. A royal court servant's daughter fell in love with him. They both got married and had 7 children.

In the fairy tale story, a spoiled prince is cursed, and he turns into a beast. He imprisons a young, beautiful girl named Belle. When he falls in love with Belle, the curse lifts, and he starts getting back to his normal self.

Value to Learn: Internal characteristics such as kindness and love are more valuable than physical characteristics.

5. Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty revolves around a princess Aurora, who is cursed by a wicked fairy. Aurora spends all her childhood sleeping, but on the day of her 16th birthday, a young prince finds her, breaks the spell by kissing her and waking her up from her slumber.

Value to Learn: You have to face a lot of hurdles while growing up, but in the end, love conquers all.

6. The Little Mermaid

A little mermaid lives in the underwater kingdom of Atlantica. She longs to be a human. When she rescues a handsome prince from drowning, she falls in love with him. She decides to be a human at any cost so that she can be with him. She sacrifices her voice in exchange for human legs. At first, the prince doesn't recognise her, but eventually, both the mermaid and the prince reunite to live happily ever after.

Value to Learn: Be brave enough to step into a life that is different from yours to achieve what your heart desires.

7. Rapunzel

Rapunzel is a beautiful story of a poor couple who lost their daughter to a neighbour witch when they stole a fruit from her garden. Rapunzel is raised by the evil witch and grows up to be a beautiful woman. Her angelic voice reunites her with her lover.

Value to Learn: Don't steal from others. Love wins over evil.

8. Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack traded a family cow for a couple of magic beans so that he could climb the beanstalk and steal the magic possessions of the giant's castle. What follows is an adventurous journey up and down the beanstalk.

Value to Learn: Greed can take away what you already have in life. There are certain boundaries you should never cross.

9. Goldilocks and the Three Bears

A curious little girl called Goldilocks trespasses on a property of a family of three bears, who were out into the woods while their porridge cooled.

Lost in the woods, Goldilocks found a cottage. Through the window, she saw that there were three bowls of porridge at the table. She entered the cottage, ate the baby bear's porridge, broke his chair and slept in his bed. When she woke up, she saw the bears, got frightened, jumped out the window and ran as fast as she could.

Value to Learn: Be more respectful of others' privacy and space.

10. Puss in the Boots

Puss in boots is a story that is set in the 16th century when people used to walk barefoot. So, having boots was a sign of wealth. The boots in this fairy tale is a symbol of wealth and wisdom.

In this fairy tale for kids, Puss is a trickster who masquerades as the servant of a nobleman. He achieves great success, fortune, fame, and a wife at a very young age through his tactics.

Value to Learn: Wisdom can help you win success and wealth.

11. Frog Prince

A young princess loses her golden ball in the pond in this story. A kind frog brings the ball back to her and asks her to allow him to eat from her plate, drink from her cup and stay with her. The princess reluctantly agrees as she is not happy with the conditions.

One day the frog told her that he would leave her forever if she kissed him. She agreed happily, but when she kissed him, he turned into a handsome prince. Apparently, the prince was cursed, and only a kiss of a princess could break the spell.

Value to Learn: Always value kindness and goodness over physical attributes. Keep your promises.